Northern Exposure

Whether Golden marks the beginning or the end your trek through the Columbia Valley, it’s worth slowing down to experience the untouched natural landscape all around.

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort Rocky Mountains Golden by Mitch Winton
 Birding
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    Moberly Marsh & Burges James Gadsden Provincial Park
    Small vehicle pull-out viewing area along the Trans Canada Highway

    Situated 11 km west of Golden, the wetlands of Moberly Marsh along the Columbia River are part of the Pacific Flyway and are a critical resting and feeding area for many resident and migratory birds. There are no developed hiking trails, but walking areas along the developed dikes can provide further viewing opportunities.

 Cafe
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    Bluebird Cafe
    802 9th St N

    A cozy cafe featuring housemade breakfast and lunch items, fresh-baked treats such as muffins and mini pies, and organic coffee drinks. Perfect for early starts and quick grab-and-go options.

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    Purcell Coffee
    521 9 Ave N

    Friendly coffee shop located in downtown Golden that roasts their organic beans in-house. Grab specialty coffee drinks or snacks and lunch items to-go.

 Food
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    Big Bend Cafe
    528 9 Ave N

    A family-friendly all-day breakfast spot with an extensive menu of all the favourites. Sit inside and learn a little local history from the decor, or relax on their sunny patio.

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    Reposados
    427 9 Ave N

    Simple, healthy, and delicious tacos inspired by the flavours of Mexico with a rocky mountain twist. Especially known for their hand-crafted margaritas with house fermented syrups. They have a variety of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options.

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    Rockwater Grill and Bar
    429 9 Ave N

    This lively restaurant offers pub classics, with gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as BC craft beer on tap. Take in the fresh air by eating on one of their two patios, or sit inside and listen to live musical guests.

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    The Golden Taps Pub
    507 9 Ave N

    A warm, friendly atmosphere with notably delicious homemade pub fare, craft beer, wines, and spirits. Authentic mountain town feel, perfect for locals and tourists alike.

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    Whitetooth Bistro
    427 9 Ave N

    Modern dishes and nightly features made with fresh, local ingredients. Upscale yet casual atmosphere with a rooftop patio for views of the mountains

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    Golden Bakery & Deli
    415 9 Ave N

    A local staple for over 50 years featuring homemade bread and treats, with gluten-free options. Stop by on Friday for their special cinnamon or salted pretzels.

 Shopping
 Visitor Centre

Following the River South

Discover small towns and big vistas around every turn as the Columbia River makes its way south, creating a robust wetland home to thousands of migratory bird species.

Reflection Lake by Bruno Wong
 Birding
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    Confluence Park
    Fisher Rd

    Located at the meeting point of two historic rivers, the Columbia and the Kicking Horse, this park’s 1.8km trail offers views of the scenic wetlands and stretches of forest that line the riverbanks.

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    Reflection Lake
    Reflection Lake Rd N

     This easy-to-access lake offers short trails and a gazebo with seating and wildlife information boards, making it an excellent viewing point to experience a diversity of waterfowl with the backdrop of the Columbia Mountains.

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    Mount 7 Paragliding & Hang Gliding
    Bowle-Evans Drive

    Gravel roads take you up to Mount 7, which offers breathtaking views of the Valley and Golden. Watch the paragliders and hang-gliders while you enjoy the view.

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    Cedar Lake Recreation Site
    1400 Cedar Lake FSR

    This forested area above the Columbia River offers camping and day-use with beaches, picnic sites, parking, and toilet facilities. Over 50 km of recreational trails (the Moonraker Trail system) are accessible from the campground as well.

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    Rotary Bike Trails
    Start right at the Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge or anywhere along this well-marked trail

    Experience Golden by travelling along this in-town hiking and biking loop, perfect for sightseeing and relaxing in nature. The trail winds its way along the Kicking Horse River, through residential areas and treed paths and past Reflection Lake.

Ruddy Duck
 Cafe
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    Double Black Cafe
    #3 1549 Kicking Horse Trail

    A bustling cafe nestled at the foot of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort. Enjoy specialty coffees and a selection of craft beer, as well as fresh baked goods, breakfast, and lunch options.

 Food
 Shopping
 Accommodations
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    Find a place to stay in Golden!

    Golden is a unique destination that offers a wide range of accommodations throughout the Columbia Valley from hotels and motels, cozy rustic cottages and cabins to large, luxurious lodges and Bed & Breakfasts to suit any type of traveller.